Hudson Valley Food Tours offers Tasty Touring
What better way to get to know a town than to eat your way through it? Food provides such a delicious entré to the culture and history of an area, and Hudson Valley Food Tours was created to guide your way through this delectable journey in one of the country’s culinary meccas. With a variety of tour options that continues to evolve and expand to meet clients’ needs and tastes, you can walk, crawl, bus, talk and taste your way through the Hudson Valley’s towns as you digest all this region has to offer.
The Hudson Valley has emerged as a foodie’s paradise, with its vast variety of talented chefs and renowned restaurants that range from casual dining to white tablecloth service, and gourmet fare found tucked in even the smallest of villages. With sustainability and global warming heating up the headlines, the farm-to-table concept is now the norm rather than the exception, and with the Culinary Institute of America located in midst of it all, the Hudson Valley puts some of the greatest chefs and innovative food experiences right at your fingertips.
Jennifer Brizzi, a food writer, cook, cooking teacher and founder of Hudson Valley Food Tours, has always been passionate about exploring and sharing her chosen home of the Hudson Valley with visitors through the plentiful and varied culinary experiences available. Through the creation of Hudson Valley Food Tours, Brizzi has taken her love of food and culture and combined it into a creative business through which both out-of-towners and locals get a fresh look at, and a true sense of, the individual towns and villages that make up the region.
“Out-of-town” guests appreciate experiencing the flavor of this amazing area. Locals appreciate learning about the history and finding out tidbits that they might not already know, and they find that our tours are a great way to taste more offerings from our excellent eateries to be better able to pick places they want to return for a whole meal,” shares Brizzi.
Tour offerings vary from town to town, and you may visit cheesemongers, wine shops, butchers, breweries, bakeries and even food trucks. To expand your experience beyond your tastebuds, the tours are not just about eating; besides the food you’ll dig in to some local lore, history, culture and the stories that make each town unique.
Founded last May (2015) Hudson Valley Food Tours’ culinary crawls kicked off in Rhinebeck Village. This year saw the addition of regular crawls in Hudson and Beacon, as well as Savor/Art & Food Tours in Poughkeepsie, Northeast Dutchess County and the Rondout Valley of Ulster County, with bus tours that cover a broader area, and of course there’s always the option to create a custom-designed tour to suit your tastes and time.
The signature Rhinebeck Tour starts off at the famous Rhinebeck Farmers Market, consistently voted the best in the Hudson Valley, where you can find a large and diverse selection of local, farm fresh products. After touring the market your tour guide will introduce you to some of the village eateries, as well as specialty shops with olive oil and vinegar, craft beer and hand-dipped chocolate. You’ll be enticed not only by the tastes and aroma of each establishment’s specialties, but also with an intimate opportunity to meet some of the chefs, owners and staff, who will also share their stories and the local history.
Beacon, now being referred to as the new Brooklyn, has a vibe all its own. Around every bend you will see the quirky, the unusual, and the hidden delights of this unique renaissance Hudson River burg. Throughout the tour, you’ll also get a taste of Beacon’s vibrant art scene, along with plenty of history and lore on this unique Hudson Valley city.
Culinary Crawls in the historic whaling city of Hudson offer visitors and locals an irresistible mix of character, culture, history, antiques, high-end home stores, fashion, fun, and plenty of delectable edibles. A magical juxtaposition, the historic, architectural buildings represent three centuries of architecture and yet Hudson has the energy of a small bustling city. You’ll hear intriguing stories as you taste your way up and down Warren Street through the center of town.
Savor/Art & Food Tours, offered in Poughkeepsie, the Northeast Dutchess area and the Rondout Valley, will bring you closer to the people and beauty of the the Hudson Valley and will showcase some of the Valley’s best food and art. You’ll be treated to a range of creative inspiration, from striking urban murals and sculptures to the unique works of emerging artists showcased in the local galleries and studios, to classic works in museums and historic sites, as the tours’ food and beverage tasting stops are peppered with viewings at galleries, renowned arts centers, arts festivals, farms owned by artists, and huge urban murals and sculptures. If your timing is right, you might even be treated to the opportunity to share a meal with some of the local artists.
For Hudson Valley Food Tours’ most current menu of offerings, check out www.hudsonvalleyfoodtours.com. This season’s tours are booking up fast.